Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Wonder Woman Vol. 7: War-Torn by Meredith Finch, David Finch - Book Review

From the publisher: Please welcome the new superstar creative team of writer Meredith Finch and artist David Finch! As this new epic begins, the fate of the Amazons is about to be revealed, major new characters will be introduced and a new villain will arrive with enough power to defeat the combined might of Wonder Woman and her Justice League teammates! Don't miss the start of this story that guest stars Swamp Thing! It will define what it takes for Diana to fulfill her destiny as Wonder Woman!

With Wonder Woman Vol. 7: War, Meredith Finch has taken the ideas from Brian Azzarello's run (Diana becoming the God of War, and the Amazons and Paradise Island having a heavy presence) and folded them in with Diana's role as Wonder Woman throughout the rest of the world.

In this collection, we find Wonder Woman trying to balance her various responsibilities; she is a member of the Justice League, the Queen of the Amazons, and the new God(dess) of War.  Each of these facets presents a challenge, and she is forced to figure out her place. As a Justice Leaguer, she has to deal with a force of nature swallowing cities and villages whole. As the God of War, she is forced to confront the impact being the embodiment of war is going to have on her personality. Finally, as the Queen of the Amazons, she has to face a potential coup among her subjects.  How she responds sets the stage for her further adventures and character development.

This was an enjoyable collection, as it leaned a little more on the superhero aspect than simply the Greek myth part of the character.  This lends allows Meredith Finch to tell some different types of stories, which is a good change.  Additionally, the art by David Finch is a nice change from the previous collections. Again, while the prior style really complemented the stories being told, David Finch's style is perfect for this collection.

Finally, for Wonder Woman fans, the character of Donna Troy is introduced into the New 52 continuity. For those who aren't familiar with the character, she was Wonder Girl in the old DC comics. It will be interesting to see how Meredith Finch develops her going forward.

I recommend Wonder Woman Vol. 7: War. It is a nice change, and brings Wonder Woman back into the superhero realm a little more. Old fans should enjoy it, the new focus is a good jumping on point for new fans, as well.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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